Focusing exclusively on the functional rather than the territorial level, this book reveals that the reshaping of the state in western Europe involves different policies across Europe and conflicting tendencies in the impact of the various reform programmes. Whilst the state may be in retreat in some respects, its activity may be increasing in others. And nowhere, not even in Britain, has its key decision-making role been seriously undermined.
Table of Contents
Reshaping the State in Western Europe: The Limits to Retreat, Public Perceptions of the Role of the State, Political Traditions and the Role of the State, The Role of the State within Social Policy, The Rise of the Regulatory State in Europe, Reshaping the State: The Implications for Public Administration, The New Role of the State in Telecommunications. The State and the Financial Services Revolution: A Comparative Analysis, Doing Less by Doing More: British Government 1979-1993
VINCENT WRIGHT sometime Official Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He taught at the European University Institute in Florence, and in several other European as well as American Universities. He wrote books on French government and politics and edited or co-edited several volumes on government and administration in Western Europe. WOLFGANG C. MUELLER